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December 4, 2020
Hamlin Alumni: Ruth Kennedy on 'Emaye'

Ruth Kennedy is a Scottish midwife who grew up in Brazil. Ruth first met Dr Catherine Hamlin in 1991. Below is the second in a series of blogs about her experience working with Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia. Our friendship developed from that first introduction. The delightful old-world afternoon tea that Catherine offered to those she favored, […]

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December 3, 2020
FIGO Update: Hamlin-trained Surgeons Making an Impact

Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia has a long history of training surgeons from around the world in best-practice fistula surgery techniques. Since the inception of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia, surgeons visited Dr Catherine Hamlin to learn, and Hamlin surgeons traveled abroad to other medical facilities to provide training. Since 2014, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia has provided this training in […]

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November 26, 2020
The Gift of a Trusted Companion in Labor

The power of ONE to transform maternal health care. When a woman has access to a trusted companion, her childbirth experience and maternal health outcomes improve. A recent article from the World Health Organization (WHO) strongly reiterated the need for women to have a chosen companion during labor and childbirth, even in the midst of […]

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November 18, 2020
UN Fistula Report 2020: Key Findings

The United Nations’ Report on Obstetric Fistula 2020 calls for a surge in efforts to eradicate obstetric fistula. The report outlines the gender and socioeconomic inequalities which result in fistula, as well as the measures necessary for the eradication of fistula by 2030. Highlighting the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has created for women in developing countries seeking […]

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November 17, 2020
Meet our Clinical Team: Dr Betty

Dr Betty, General Practitioner at Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital Dr Betty is a GP in the Outpatients Department at Hamlin’s Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital. She mostly works with obstetric fistula patients as they first arrive at the hospital. For many women arriving at Hamlin, their consultation with Dr Betty marks the start of a new […]

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November 17, 2020
Meet our Clinical Team: Dr Melaku Abriha

Dr Melaku Abriha is the Medical Director & Fistula Surgeon at Hamlin’s Mekele Fistula Hospital. He's been with Hamlin's Clinical Team for 16 years.

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November 12, 2020
Hamlin Alumni: Beletshachew Tadesse, the evolution of Rehabilitation and Reintegration at Hamlin

Beletshachew Tadesse first met Dr Catherine Hamlin in 2009 when she was working for WaterAid. Soon after Beletshachew came work with Catherine at Hamlin’s Desta Mender as Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia’s first Rehabilitation and Reintegration Manager, she served in this role from 2011 to 2019. “These women deserve to thrive” I joined Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia in […]

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November 11, 2020
Meet our Clinical Team: Dr Yeshineh Demerew

Dr Yeshineh Demerew - Medical Director at Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia Dr Yeshineh has three decades of clinical experience. He began his career as a general practitioner in 1987 after graduating from the Gondar College of Medical Science. In 1997 he qualified as a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Addis Ababa University and in 2019 […]

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Photography credits to Cameron Bloom, Nigel Brennan, Mary F. Calvert, Kate Geraghty, Amber Hooper, Joni Kabana, Johannes Remling and Martha Tadesse.

Patient names and images have been changed to protect the identities of those we help.